Volunteer at international art research location in Germany

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  • Description

    Description

    Please read our profile information first!

    We are registered a non for profit association, founded in 1992. Our purpose is the establishment and running of an international production and research centre for interdisciplinary arts. We are located close to the town of Pasewalk in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Covering an area of 53,000m², with 12,000m² of interior space in historic buildings, our estate is located on the northern edge of Uckermark.
    Formerly a country estate, it has been transformed into one of the largest venues in Germany for interdisciplinary arts, cultural events and performances.

    The activities include:
    o international cultural exchange, art production and research
    o cultural work and socio-cultural youth work
    o maintenance and reconstruction of buildings within our estate

    Our castle is a space for people from all around the world. Here, both artists and volunteers have a possibility to meet and live together. In exchange for work we offer our volunteers accommodation and food. As well, there is a possibility to participate in art or youth projects in your free time.

    If you have got any specific skills please mention them when contacting us.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project

  • Help

    Help

    Building:
    At the moment we are renovating one of our old buildings. If you have got any experience in that field then that might be a place for you. The works include: roof, electrical system, heating system, insulation, facade, windows, etc. Other than our manor house we maintain and and make plans for other huge fieldstone buildings, which formerly were used as barns and stables. We transform them into studios, ateliers and living spaces.

    Gardening:
    Our castle is surrounded by a spacious park, garden and fields. The inner yard has got small ponds and meadows for recreation. These spaces have to be maintained and partly redesigned. Ideas are always welcome. We have got a garden and a greenhouse where we grow fruits and vegetables. Our gardener always requires help, especially in the spring time.

    Cooking:
    All year round we host international artists and youth groups. Throughout the summer months our cook needs help both in cooking and cleaning the kitchen.
    When there is no group to look after, the volunteers need to do the cooking themselves. It means taking turns in cooking for all the other volunteers that are currently here (6-16 people). This is usually a chance to share cuisine from your own country. We love to experience new tastes and textures and getting to know new cultures that way.

    Looking after our guests:
    Depending how busy the month is we require our volunteers to look after our guests.
    This can be attending the artists and their needs while they are working here. The types of work include preparation of the rooms and cleaning them.
    Sometimes we also need help in the office.

    Cleaning:
    There is quite a lot of work when comes to cleaning spaces around our estate. That means that both outdoor spaces as well as indoor spaces need to be taken care of. The volunteers assist our cleaning staff in cleaning rooms and bathrooms, as well they clean kitchens and studios.

    Art projects:
    These projects are run by us or by artists, who come to use our spaces whether renting them or participating in our artist in residence program. Occasionally, volunteers are asked to participate in a project in some way. Please do not assume, when coming here, that you will be realising your own artistic project. There are possibilities of course, but it has to be communicated with us. Also, in your spare time you are invited to work on your own artistic ideas if you have got such. However, do not use this platform to apply for your own artistic work. We are here to support and look after the artists who are working on their artistic projects.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    German, English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    (in the castle) Single room with wood and coal stove, communal bathroom. Occasionally, we need to change rooms or buildings because of the number of guest here.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    IMPORTANT!
    It takes time to get used to here and how the things are run here. Our association prefers volunteers who are willing to stay for 2-3 months or longer if you fit the environment. The minimum stay is 4 weeks. We expect from our volunteers to take responsibility after they find their way around here. It is important to remember that apart from all the work that you do over the week (5 hours a day, 5 days a week) you need to contribute to the communal living. It means that after your working time you must help with shopping, cleaning and/or cooking when needed. Usually, the volunteers work Monday till Friday with occasional work on weekends. In the summer, when we are very busy, you might be asked to work evenings (bar or other events) or weekends. Consequently, you will get your time off during the week.

    Driver's license is helpful since we are located in a country side and we need to drive to the town of Pasewalk to do shopping or to collect guests from the station.
    Please bring a set of clothes for working outdoors, something that can get dirty or damaged. Bring a torch since at night is pretty dark around the estate. Make sure you are insured, it makes everybody's life easier.

    This is an art production place that looks after artists and guests. It is run by artists and for artists. At the same time we create a community of people who organise everything together and who help each other. We treat people with respect and we expect the same from the people who come here to stay with us. Our space is pretty unique and not for everyone. If at anytime you are not sure about something please talk to us. Communication is a key to good living.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    5 days a week, 5 hours


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